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Department of History

Offering doctoral, master's, public history, and bachelor's programs.

Teddy Roosevelt (right of man in white vest) watches the laying of the cornerstone for AU's McKinley Building, 1902. AU Archives. Read more about AU's presidential past.

The World Is Open to AU History Majors

History classes hone our students' research, writing, and analytical skills. Our home in Washington, DC, offers students unparalleled resources for research, internships, and jobs. The nation's capital is our classroom.

Our outstanding faculty are not only exemplary teachers and scholars, but they are also actively involved with archives , museums, government institutions , and non-profits in DC, across the United States, and around the world. Whether you are interested in working in government, private industry, non-profits, or academia, AU's Department of History offers a stepping stone to a promising career.

The History Department offers a BA, a combined BA/MA, a minor, an MA in History, an MA in History and Public History, and a PhD.

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Bulletins

Allan Lichtman spoke to The Hill about how voter unhappiness could translate into political consequences beyond the presidential elections.

Allan Lichtman was quoted in a Voice of America article on current demonstrations for racial justice.

Katherine Kitterman cowrote Champions of Change: 25 Women Who Made History and spoke on the book on Utah Public Radio.

Allan Lichtman compared the coronavirus pandemic and World War II on the Christian Science Monitor's Precedented.

Alan Kraut appeared on The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss the 1918 pandemic.

AU PhD candidate Katherine Kitterman wrote an article on women's voting rights in Utah for the Washington Post.

Department News

Gabriella Folsom on Kizhi Island, Russia.

History Thesis Forged over a Russian Winter

Gabriella Folsom's thesis explores Kizhi Island history through Carmel Institute travel and research support.

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Government & Politics ·

How Did the Keys Turn?

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Professor Kraut stands in Statue of Liberty museum with windows behind him and torch too.

Achievements ·

Alan Kraut’s Vision Becomes Reality in New Statue of Liberty Museum

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headshot of lonnie bunch in dark suit

Alumni ·

AU Alumnus Lonnie Bunch III Named 14th Secretary of Smithsonian

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Nguyet Nguyen

Inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow

Nguyet Nguyen brings new perspective to the Vietnam War.

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